Airport numbers point to better earnings  25th Sep 2018

The number of passengers landing at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) airport in July hit 309,532, the largest in the past year pointing to good earnings by airlines flying to Kenya and local hotels.

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics data shows Dubai, Middle East countries, Amsterdam, London, Addis Ababa, Entebbe and Johannesburg routes contributed to the 16.7 per cent rise in passenger numbers visiting for business and leisure as well as those on transit to other African countries that use the JKIA transit hub.

JKIA is enjoying better times with 174,891 passengers starting off journeys there last July up from last June’s 152,090 or a 15 per cent rise, with most headed to Dubai, Amsterdam, Addis Ababa, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg and Brussels.

This is the second highest outflow in the past 12 months after 176,349 passengers flew out of Kenya during the August 2017 election period.

Kenya’s all-out marketing offensive for Africa-wide Visa on arrival seems to be paying dividends with the highest number of visitors last July being from East and Central African countries at 76,141, the highest in the past year.

Some 15,154 visitors arrived from Seychelles, Zanzibar and Mauritius among other Indian Ocean Island nations with 5,728 flying out of JKIA for the Indian Ocean Island nations while West Africa had 14,071 visitors flying into JKIA and receiving 4,416 visitors in return.

Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda also boast of having a one tourist visa regime that promotes marketing of the three destinations as one, thereby easing clearance challenges experienced by tourists visiting the East African Nations.

Kigali brought in 7,257 passengers to Nairobi last July with 4,511 leaving JKIA for Kigali while southern Africa nations brought in 31,298 tourists and had 13,310 tourists leaving JKIA headed south.

South Sudan’s Juba Airport had 3,593 visitors landing at JKIA and in return received 3,072 passengers.

North Africa, led by Egypt’s Cairo Airport, had the lowest number of visitors coming in at 9,785 and 5,976 tourists also flew out of JKIA for northern African airports.

With the planned Nairobi’s JKIA to New York’s JF Kennedy Airport route launch on October 28, JKIA’s air traffic could benefit from a major lift in terms of passenger and cargo business.


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